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Colorful Queue

By WeeGeordieLass    
We visited Anand Bhawan in Allahabad the ancestral home of Mr Nehru the first Prime Minister of India which is now an interesting museum.

Whilst walking round the gardens I came upon this wonderful orderly colorful queue at the entrance door. After mingling amongst the millions of people at the Kumbh Mela and experiencing the chaos in New Delhi and everywhere else I'd been in India, this sight just seemed so unusual and out of place at the time! - I just had to get a shot of it.

I thought the diagonal line would make for good composition and I've cropped in closely for more impact.

I'd be grateful for any constructive critique.


Elaine Smile

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 10:25AM
A find set of rather distinguished and finely clothed ladies and gentlemen. The diagonal perspective allows you to capture as much of the scene as possible without being obtrusive.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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22 Apr 2013 10:31AM
Right you are.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 10:34AM
So many different ways of expressing polite impatience... This is excellent travelogue, the human face of the country. I like your diagonal, and the tight crop - except that I'd like to see the bottom of that gentleman's walking stick. That's a minor quibble though.
The light was quite gentle and subdued here, I think they did at least have the benefit of queueing in the shade! It's given very harmonious colours - I think you've reduced saturation a bit here and it's worked well.
22 Apr 2013 10:37AM
Hi Nathan,

They were very friendly too and a number of them wanted to have their photo taken with me afterward.

Thanks for your nice comments.

Elaine Grin
22 Apr 2013 10:54AM
Hi Deep,

We went straight to Anand Bhawan from the Kumbh Mela on the same day, so you can imagine the contrast between the scenes of the two places.

Visiting India was one of the best experiences of my life, and witnessing the many facets of Indian life is something I'll never forget - I loved it.


Elaine Grin
22 Apr 2013 11:12AM
Hi Moira,

Thanks for your critique. In the final version I'll alter the crop to show the bottom of the walking stick. I agree, it doesn't look right being chopped off like that.

Yes, I was careful with the saturation - with so many bright colors it's easy to go over the top - I'm glad you feel I've got it about right.

Thanks for all of your help Moira.


Elaine Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
22 Apr 2013 6:01PM
A nice shot. Youre doing well to control that saturation urge!

The one comment I have is about white balance. This has a slight blue/magenta tone, and as the day was clearly very sunny, with shade where the people are standing, white balance should be quite warm.

You can use curves or levels to synch the white balance. with either use the white dropper, and click on a area you know is neutral, either white or grey; if white, use a slightly shaded part of the white area. This corrects white balance in most cases. And you see an immediate improvement in colours, without touching saturation!

Thanst the mod Ive uploaded. Mod2 is a reflection just for fun.


23 Apr 2013 8:49AM
Hi Willie,

Great mods - love the did make me laugh Grin

I've adjusted the white balance on my original now and it looks a lot better. There was something about the color that was niggling me before I uploaded, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
I'm useless at spotting color casts.

Thanks for your valuable guidance. I read you had surpassed 2k constructive critique comments - congratulations Grin


Elaine Smile
26 Apr 2013 9:05AM
Hi Stu,

Thanks for the mod - love the color and tones.


Elaine Grin

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